Prestigious suburban community with outstanding arts venues.


Prestigious suburban community with outstanding arts venues.

Bethesda is a suburban community with a thriving downtown area located northwest of Washington, D.C. Home to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the National Institute of Health campus, and numerous other medical institutions and facilities, it is a major hub of medical research. The Marriott headquarters are also stationed here, attracting many hospitality professionals. Houses for sale in Bethesda are near major hotspot for arts and culture as well, with the entire downtown area being a designated entertainment district.

Much of Bethesda’s real estate consists of lavish, custom-built properties showcasing the finest work of master architects. These glorious homes draw on diverse architectural influences, from Hamptons mansions to Mediterranean villas. With breathtaking design inside and out as well as convenient access to Washington, D.C., Bethesda’s unique homes are simply stunning. There are also a few historic properties dating as far back as the 1800s, along with luxurious contemporary condominiums close to the downtown area

What to Love

  • Spectacular architecture
  • Close to Washington, D.C.
  • Vibrant downtown
  • Hub of art and culture
  • Legendary country clubs

People & Lifestyle

The real estate in Bethesda is just 20 minutes from Downtown D.C. by car or Red Line Metro, and many residents frequently make the commute. Bethesda’s status as a medical research hub and home base for companies including Lockheed Martin mean that there are many residents who work within the community itself. Outstanding local schools are a big draw for young families, while the vibrant downtown places fantastic amenities within walking distance. With so much to offer, it’s not hard to see why Bethesda ranks highly among the nation’s most affluent and highly educated communities.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Bethesda Row is the community’s commercial hub, with dozens of restaurants and retailers. Along with numerous fashion boutiques, shops here include Amazon Books and a wide range of specialty stores. Pike & Rose in North Bethesda is another major shopping destination, with independent boutiques and recognizable brand names. Bethesda’s diverse dining options include delectable seafood at Passion Fish, American Brasserie fare at Silver, delicious tapas at Jaleo, chef-driven French cuisine at Bistro Provence, and gourmet, Italian-style sandwiches at Cornucopia's shop and café.

Things to Do

Bethesda is home to numerous outstanding cultural venues. Take in orchestral performances at the refined Strathmore, adventurous modern plays at Round House Theater, and combine great food and drinks with fantastic live jazz and blues at Bethesda Supper Club. Imagination Stage includes Bethesda’s youngest residents in its vibrant cultural scene, with after-school programs and summer camps for under-18s.

Bethesda is also home to the legendary Congressional Country Club--one of the world’s most prestigious country clubs. Five U.S. presidents became lifetime members of the club upon its founding in 1924. The famous Devereux Emmet-designed Blue Course has hosted major tournaments such as the U.S. Open, with Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy among the many famous golfers to have triumphed on its greens. Outstanding golfing and refined clubhouse amenities are also available at the exclusive Burning Tree Club and Bethesda Country Club.


Bethesda is served by the Montgomery County Public School District. Highlights include:

  • Bannockburn Elementary, Public, PK-5, National Blue Ribbon Award Winner
  • Carderock Springs Elementary, Public, K-5
  • Seven Locks Elementary, Public, K-5
  • Thomas W. Pyle Middle, Public, 6-8
  • Walter Johnson High, Public, 9-12

Overview for Bethesda, MD

68,850 people live in Bethesda, where the median age is 42.9 and the average individual income is $99,696.99. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

42.9 years

Median Age


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Demographics and Employment Data for Bethesda, MD

Bethesda has 27,651 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Bethesda do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 68,850 people call Bethesda home. The population density is 4,934.08 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population


Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.


Median Age

47.39 / 52.61%

Men vs Women

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Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree

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Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
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30 to 59 Minutes
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Schools in Bethesda, MD

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The following schools are within or nearby Bethesda. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Apple Montessori School
Holton-Arms School
The Primary Day School
Alef Bet Montessori School Inc.
St Bartholomews School
Alef Bet Montessori School Inc.
The Family Academy Of Bethesda
Our Lady Of Lourdes School
Washington Episcopal School
Stone Ridge School Of The Sacred Heart
Rochambeau-The French International School
Bethesda Country Day School
Bethesda Country Day School
St Jane De Chantal School

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